Directions: The photographic drawing

I achieve my figurative message through traditional photography, using analog or digital cameras. For abstraction, I set them aside. Sometimes what people call abstractions are nothing more than images of existing things, such as textures on surfaces, portions of objects or subjects and architectural details, as well as illusory color games.

That vision doesn’t satisfy me. Therefore, to achieve my concept of abstraction I need to become independent of every instrument. I do this by working with photographic processes in which I do not use cameras or enlargers, working only with film or photographic paper and chemicals.

When I want to create an abstraction that as the word itself indicates, it implies a separation from what I perceive as real, the detour that leads to other seas that I do not know. To get there, or rather to barely get into them, I don’t want artifacts, not even compass, spyglass or rudder. There I only agree to swim: it is the body, it is my hands, and the rhythm of my breathing. Going in and out of a new surface, in a medium that is not familiar to me.

What’s my course, my address? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the earth I sense blurred in the distance. Or perhaps fate is only still the sea, the very sea from which I come, but agitated by other winds.

Abstraction in painting makes visible the invisible, with the resource of the gaze facing inwards. My approach to this technique is that the imaginary flows without the obstacle of deductive thinking, which most of the time is my ally in other expressive modalities, when I find it advantageous to analyze, correct, or redo.

For what might be called photographic drawing (light strokes, chemicals, and sensitive materials), my method is another: discovery, experimentation, freedom, the sense of the spatial carried to two dimensions, the shape by form itself, intuition, inventiveness, spontaneity, composition, with or without harmony.

To make the unknown unrecognizable.

About “Cartographies of an in-land sailor”

This ship has been sailing for more than three decades and today, (April 2020), it’s the first time that this solitaire and absentminded sailor decided to make records, some retrospective and some recent ones.

Chaotic, absurd tales from here, there, nowhere… And also brief descriptions of his imaginary sailings.

Just think of the logbook written by the captain of the Flying Dutchman: ghostly notes, vanishing details, words and pictures to be read and seen by wandering spirits, or perhaps by… you?

Welcome aboard!

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The dark cabin

January 20th, 2021|0 Comments

Near the bow is the main cabin, where imagination flies at the pace of the wind, or simply sings with the waves of the port. At the stern is a secondcabin, which I call The Dark Cabin. The result of each voyage is reflected there. Maps and geographic charts, whether real or fictional, see the light in a space where light is paradoxically scarce. I don't visit that space every day. Doing so involves staying more than half the day working in reddishdarkness: the materials used there require that kind of lighting. The days designated for such work are premeditated and scheduled. As I stay in this cabin, the ship is adrift. Hours pass and at the end of the day one or more maps are finished to be shown to those people who know about my travelsand wait in a hurry in some port. To them I dedicate these rectangles of paper that will one day be as faded as my hair: there is no map or navy thatresists the onslaught of the years. The dark cabin also officiates as a Machine Room. My ship's devices are electrical and mechanical. There is no technological sophistication. Just theessentials to get to the destination: just some instruments that direct the light, and some substances that allow me to draw maps. The enlargers, radiating light from their lenses, look like headlights in the dark that, in their work of printing, guide me towards the final destination: the finished photographic chart. For this humble navigator, everything is unified there: at that moment the map and the territory are the same thing, just as the shipand the sailor are identical.